are you city lights or star lights? dandelion fluffs or wishing wells? ocean breezes or warm fires? art galleries or big libraries? polaroid pictures or record players? antique shops or small cafes? hot chocolate or iced tea?
Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to
Getting up earlier than you think you need to immediately reduces your stress levels. If you suddenly remember you have a paper to print before your 8am class, you have 15 minutes to get that done that you wouldn’t have originally had.
Meditate, Pray, or do Yoga for five minutes
Starting your day with something to relax you as you slowly wake up helps you to grasp onto your energy and start your day.
Practices such as meditation help you to set your mind on the purpose of your day.
Take your medications
If you have medications, it is incredibly important to take them every day. Without establishing this cycle, it will be very hard for you to live your most efficient life.
Eat a healthy, protein-filled breakfast or snack
Even if you are one of many people who hate to eat in the morning, fueling your body is an essential part of helping you live your most efficient life.
Eating also helps your body to wake up so you can focus on any homework or classes you have before noon.
Organize your Day
Look over your planner and remind yourself of all the tasks you are hoping to accomplish.
Order your tasks by importance - what you absolutely must go to/accomplish, what you’d really like to attend/accomplish, and what you hope you can attend/accomplish.
Write out your day in terms of time. Schedule everything, right down to naps, meals, homework, and grocery shopping.
In the Afternoon
Eat a healthy lunch
Just as with breakfast, eating a meal is an essential part to having an efficient day. The post-lunch slump is all too real, but making sure you’re eating protein and lots of energizing foods as opposed to carbs and sugars will make sure you can be awake and aware in your afternoon activities.
Go through your planner
Mark off everything that you have accomplished for the day and reexamine what you have left to do.
Add any necessary items to the day, reevaluate the time frames you’ve given to your events and tasks of the day, and decide if the way in which you’ve rated tasks is still relevant. Make any needed changes.
Give yourself a break
By this point, your body has been going and going for at least 4 hours. Give yourself a break. It doesn’t have to be long, even 20 minutes to sit, nap, or read a book for fun will help your body to relax and finish the day strong!
In the PM
Give your planner a final look-over
Mark off everything you accomplish, and include anything you originally hadn’t planned on accomplishing.
Add tasks you did not complete to a day later on in your planner so you do not forget to address them.
Mark off any habit/health/emotion trackers. Doing something as little as this will give you a feeling of success and encourage you to focus on the areas in which you can improve the following days in the week.
Allow yourself to glance at the next day and mentally prepare for everything you’ll need to do.
Do your homework/work
Finish any assignments due, and get ahead as well as study. School is your job, and spending multiple hours most evenings each week is something you’re going to have to do to be successful.
Study or do your work for thirty to forty minute chunks with no distractions like checking your phone. Break up these study times with five to ten minute breaks to do whatever you’d like.
Pack for tomorrow
Pack up notebooks, textbooks, chargers, and your laptop for the next day.
Add a healthy snack to your bag in case you’re in a rush the next day.
Make sure you have any materials needed for any activities you might take part in so that you don’t have to waste time the next day going back to your room.
Set out an outfit for the next day to even further save time for the next morning.
Get a healthy amount of sleep
Under-sleeping and oversleeping are both bad. Try to make sure your prioritize your sleep, as without it, it is almost impossible to be truly efficient. Make sure to work in between 7 and 9 each night.
What do you do to live your most efficient life? :)
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05. 02. 2017 // I have a biology test tomorrow and I’ve been studying all weekend! Also these are my class notes. They’re usually really messy, but they get the job of writing down important information done - class notes are very rarely pretty. And they don’t have to be cute or nice, they’re just helping you note the things you otherwise wouldn’t remember. I usually rewrite them and then add the information from the textbook.